About this course 

Applicants for supervisor training are not automatically accepted as a result of applying. Applications are carefully reviewed in terms of standards of clinical and reflective work completed during training and the aptitude of each candidate for the role of supervisor is reviewed by an existing or training supervisor.

Each applicant is paired with another supervisor trainee throughout training. Cases 5 and 6 are conducted together with a qualified supervisor and trainees provide ratings and feedback on each other's work as part of the training. When an application is approved the trainee is matched with another candidate and only successful matched pairs can proceed onto the training. 

All practitioner and supervisor training intakes are limited by the supervision capability available to support each training.

The course aims to develop advanced skills in group and individual supervision of IPT practice. The course aims to provide participants with advanced knowledge and theoretical understanding of IPT, and will provide a competency based format for self assessment and clinical supervision. It will extend the knowledge and skills of qualified IPT practitioners in the clinical application of IPT across all focal areas and a range of clinical presentations. This course will consolidate IPT practitioner skills and develop knowledge and understanding of the skills required to supervise in a peer and accreditation setting.

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Trainees will develop skills in evaluating adherence to the IPT model, communicating effectively and constructively on the successful application of knowledge and techniques, and managing and supporting change in non adherent practice. The module will equip trainees with knowledge and understanding of the importance of communication skills, conceptualization skills, evaluation skills, supporting skills transfer from alternative approaches, promoting development of new skills and adapted application of existing skills in IPT trainees.


Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for IPT practitioners who have completed practitioner level accreditation and have registered with IPTUK ( Practitioners must have completed at least four IPT cases under accreditation level supervision.  

Qualified IPT supervisor are also welcome to attend to develop competence in using an competency based protocol for IPT supervision or to become accredited as an IAPT IPT supervisor.

Please ensure you have a current accreditation with IPTUK


Aims of course
  • To develop advanced practical skills in delivering IPT.
  • To develop advance skills in IPT case formulation and conceptualization as a basis for self assessment and peer supervision
  • To develop and understanding of the competency framework for IPT and its application in clinical supervision.
  • To provide a framework for clinical practice and supervision in IPT that is in accordance with IPTUK standards and IPT Supervisor competencies.
  • To develop practical competencies in using the IPT competency framework to supervise Interpersonal Psychotherapy and integrate with generic competencies in delivering and supervising psychological therapy
  • To contribute in part to completion of IPTUK accreditation as an IPT supervisor (including in an IAPT setting).
System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

Supervision and accreditation

IPTUK supervisor accreditation requires that each of the four IPT focal areas have been employed during accreditation casework.  For some therapists this may require more than six cases to be conducted to complete the training portfolio. Trainees will require a minimum of 5 hours per week protected time to complete stage one requirements of supervision accreditation (approximately 20 weeks): 2 hours direct client contact, 1 hour supervision, 2 hours tape review and preparing self assessment and peer assessment reports. IPT/IPT-A supervisor accreditation also requires a period of supported supervision practice i.e. supervision of two cases being delivered under supervision.  This follows stage one of training.  Trainees will require a minimum of 4 hours protected time per week to complete stage two requirements of supervision accreditation (approximately 20 weeks): 1 hour providing supervision, 1 hour reviewing therapy recordings, 1.5 hours preparing supervision reports and self assessment; 0.5 hours receiving supervision. 

Trainees must attend weekly supervision sessions with a peer supervisor trainee. This will be facilitated by an accredited IPT supervisor, in accordance with national training programme guidelines.  Trainee supervisors will provide peer supervision, including tape review, on a minimum of one case in addition to receiving supervision on the two cases they conduct.  Supervision will therefore require telephone or video conferencing facilities if face to face meetings cannot be co-ordinated.  Trainees will be required to submit digital recordings of therapy sessions as well as verbal and written reports. Casework and Peer Supervision should start immediately following day 2 of the training and be completed before day 5. 


What accreditation will successful trainees receive?

When the criteria are met, the trainee will receive:

  • IPTUK Certificate of Completion for Supervisor Training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy Level D
Cost of casework and supervision

The fee for supervision of casework and supervision is £5,668.

How do I apply?

Each applicant must book a place (unless funded) on-line AND submit:

  • Application form
    A recommendation and competency evaluation from an accredited IPT/IPT-A supervisor supporting advanced training to supervisor level
    A statement of support from line manager confirming protected time for training and supervision and access to the required IT equipment and facilities (unless training and supervision will be completed in the applicant's personal time)
    • Form 4/ Summary of competency ratings on practitioner training cases
    • Form 5/ Summary of casework completed during practitioner training
    • RTRs or Case reports completed as part of practitioner training
    • Proof of current professional registration or accreditation in addition to IPTUK e.g., with BABCP, HCPC, BACP
    • Confirmation of completing IPT/IPT-A practitioner training and current accreditation with IPTUK
    • Availability to attend all training days and complete two cases of IPT/IPT-A under supervision

Applications should be submitted in one email to:

  • Six days (2 + 2 + 1 + 1)

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